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I talked earlier about how Quade Green is arguably the most important recruit of the 2017 recruiting cycle for Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange, but not far behind him is shooting guard Brandon Randolph. The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter visited Syracuse this past weekend, and has now trimmed his list to four schools: Arizona, Oregon, Wake Forest, and yes, the Orange.

Let’s not beat around the bush here: landing Randolph would be massive. He’s a prototypical shooting guard, with great size, length, athleticism, and one of the smoothest shooting strokes in the class of 2017. He’s ranked No. 40 in the class of 2017 by ESPN, and No. 38 by Scout. He’s also an EYBL teammate of Quade Green’s. Landing Randolph would only increase the chances of getting Green, and vice versa.

Not only that, but Randolph – in addition to being an EYBL teammate of Green’s and one hell of a good player in his own right – is a high school teammate of one of the top prospects in 2018, Cam Reddish. I’ve talked about Reddish in the past. The Westtown (Pa.) phenom reminds me so much of a high school era-Carmelo Anthony it’s scary. Locking up Randolph could pay huge dividends in the recruitment of, arguably, 2018’s most versatile and talented forward.

But let’s get back to Randolph. It’s a bit surprising to see his final four come down to Arizona, Oregon, Wake, and Syracuse. The Orange were almost certainly always going to be in the mix, and Sean Miller is a hell of a recruiter out at Arizona. But Wake, in particular, stands out as a bit of an anomaly. For many, North Carolina and Louisville seemed like very, very serious threats to land Randolph. The fact that neither program is in the mix has to make Syracuse fans feel awfully good about where they stand.

Right now, Syracuse would appear to be the leader in the clubhouse. Obviously, things can change. But Syracuse made Randolph a priority over the summer, and it appears to be paying off. There’s a very real chance he could wind up being the first domino to fall in the recruiting class of 2017.

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